According to the latest research, the relationship between humans and computers is reaching a new level.
A recent study found that 26% of surveyed voice assistant users are sexually attracted to them. The bewitching voices of assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Cortana simply can't leave people indifferent.
The study, published by JWT and Mindshare, was conducted among 1,000 UK smartphone users aged 18 and over. Every fourth respondent confessed to sexual fantasies with the participation of their favorite voice assistant. At the same time, as noted by the Business Insider portal, the gender of the respondents was not specified. GmbH reminds that the vast majority of this type of helpers these days have a female voice.
What exactly is meant by sexual fantasies is not described in the article, but you must agree that 26% is a very impressive percentage of positive answers to such a piquant question. Humanity has clearly entered a new phase of relationship with artificial intelligence. The study also indicates that 37% of respondents love their electronic assistants so much that they would like to revive them, turning them into real people.
Judging by the multimillion-dollar investments that Silicon Valley companies invest annually in the development of artificial intelligence technologies, the future relationship between man and computer will only grow stronger. Companies like Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft are working tirelessly to make the virtual consciousness behind Siri or Cortana voices even more human. Immediately reminiscent of the recent series "Westworld", the movie Ex machina, and a whole bunch of science fiction works on the topic of artificial intelligence. Where such mind games will lead is not yet clear. However, the author is inclined to remain restrained optimism about this.
But why do tech companies give their virtual assistants mostly female voices and names? Most likely, the target audience was selected young men, progressive, who are fond of the latest technologies, as well as the corresponding culture that comfortably envelops these technologies. In a word, geeks. If we assume that the selected target audience and those who answered affirmatively to the spicy question of the researchers are the same people, then we shouldn't be particularly surprised. The perfect combination of a progressive worldview and wild imagination.
Many survey participants are not against the further development of artificial intelligence. About a third of the respondents said that they would be only happy if their electronic assistants not only helped to build a daily routine, search for nearby coffee shops or plot a route on a map, but also had the opportunity to take more part in people's lives. And even give advice. Well, it is obvious that we are on the verge of a new era, where a dog will still remain a man's best friend, but artificial intelligence will be able to act as a lover.